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Hemmera Reviews

Updated November 15, 2016
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  1. "Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great place too work

    Cons

    Their is no cons to it

    Advice to Management

    C


  2. "Its was a typical corporate environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice office
    starting base was okay (but not much room for growth)
    HR team was nice

    Cons

    department lines are very clear
    managers weren't very supportive
    consistently overworked the more junior employees

    Advice to Management

    you fostered an environment that was very much you are out for yourself, and not a team.


  3. "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Biologist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Biologist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hemmera (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice people and nice offices

    Cons

    Employment contract horrible. Permanent job means that you sign up a contract to work 1 day at a time, not ..."you are employed on a permanent basis". 1 page of welcome and 12 pages on how Hemmera will let you go and fire you and how their lawyers will follow up with your career and activities. You sign up the employment contract and you accept to pay all lawyers fees after Hemmera fires you. You can be fired after 1 day of work, 1 week, you dont know. Great stress daily just thinking of your employment contract!!! They will keep all contacts and clients that you bring in. Great way for a company to expand their client base by using experienced people and their clients. Hemmera is not a place to work if you have lots of contacts, up coming contracts, considerable experience, and particularly if you are 2000-3000 km away from the main office. Think twice.

    Advice to Management

    Become humans


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "intermediate biologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intermediate Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Biologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and team members, young company looking to grow with employees.

    Cons

    Needs to work on better support systems for staff when work peaks occur.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "An overall great work place with a supportive and collaborative environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Staff Member
    Current Employee - Junior Staff Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hemmera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My experience working with Hemmera has been very positive. Despite what the other reviews say, I think there are plenty of opportunities for career growth/mentorship, professional development, skills-training/job-shadowing, and collaboration with different business groups/teams. The systems/processes are for the most part very organized and streamlined through all business levels and departments. Throughout the year, Hemmera holds several employee events/activities (social, charitable, and environmentally-focused initiatives). Compared to past companies I've worked for, Hemmera ranks high in terms of work-life balance, innovation, and employee relations.

    Cons

    The head office is in downtown Vancouver, and there are four other regional offices throughout western Canada. It would be nice to see more inclusiveness between these regional offices/and the head office. There is a lot of employee movement too - people leaving and new hires, so sometimes projects/tasks can get lost during the transition/handovers.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "The "Best Place to Work"....I think not"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hemmera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hemmera has a good group of young field staff and reasonable work-life balance. There is an option at least in the Lower Mainland to work in one of two offices - Burnaby or Vancouver - saving commute time. There are a few other perks like $200/year for fitness and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros at Hemmera. There are two sides to the company - Site Assessment and Remediation (SAR) and Planning & Management (P&M). SAR mostly contains engineers, geologists and environmental scientists. Planning & Management has biologists, alternative energy, socio-economic stuff and other such things I know nothing of. Why do I know nothing of them? Because at Hemmera, you may as well have the two groups on a different floor of the building, they don't share resources, they don't foster career development and they are judged seperately in terms of finances. Each is led by a different business leader.

    The business leader in SAR has a reputation for constant lies, carrot on a stick tactics, ripping off employees for expense claims and basically doing almost everything unethically, especially when dealing with salary increases and/or bonuses. Even though the company has "it's best year ever" something inevitably comes up before salary increase time such as "poor economic conditions" or "delayed contracts with main clients" whereby most of the younger staff get a 0-2% raise. The vast majority of the revenue goes to upper management who then blog about their latest vacation, discuss how well the company is doing (not around raise time) and how it's the "best place to work" and "Creating Opportunities". Upper management likes to have "Business Retreats" in Whistler where they hire expensive outside consultants, spend their days on the hill, post a blog on the most recent corporate restructuring and then wonder why they have a 15% turnover. It might be easier to actually speak with your employees and ask them how they are doing instead of spending 20k on a retreat maybe?

    Where Hemmera excels in creating opportunities for the 'yes' men whom agree with everything upper management says, constantly seek praise and ruthlessly utilize staff based on how much money they can generate, not who is best for the job. This is better known as the "Boy's Club". You will do much better at Hemmera if you are in the boys club with a college diploma than you will with an M.Sc. and choosing to be independent and technical.

    And last but not least, career advancement is pretty much nil and void. The company prefers to hire outside to increase utilization and revenue. Young "top performers" and those that "exceed expectations" can get used to filling roles where they make the most money, not where they are best qualified. If you are ambitious, want a fair salary and not have to deal with getting constantly ripped off, then you may as well look elsewhere because this is the "Hemmera Way".

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to people, most young ambitious employees just want to be rewarded for good work either monetarily or with internal promotions. It makes sense to me, why doesn't it make sense at Hemmera?

    As the other review stated, Hemmera is a case of the haves and the have nots. There is a class system at Hemmera where upper management envisions themselves as above the average working employee and treats them as such. Arrogance, greed and manipulation are the name of the game.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "A case of haves and have nots"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hydrogeologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hydrogeologist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hemmera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedule
    - Good social aspect

    Cons

    - terrible for your career advancement
    - no increase in salary unless you attempt to quit with another offer in hand
    - VERY high turnover
    - corporate policy favours upper and middle management and leaves field staff and technical experts in the dust

    Advice to Management

    - allow for a more transparent corporate model
    - offer competitive or at least fair compensation